$6.4 Million To Put Training In The Mallee First

25 November 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is putting people first in the Mallee with a multi-million dollar boost for SuniTAFE.

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney visited the Mildura campus today – announcing $5.9 million to ensure SuniTAFE is ready to hit the ground running when Skills First is introduced in January.

The Labor Government was elected to put people first and that means delivering on the things that matter most to people – including making sure locals have access to real training so they can get a real job. That’s exactly what Skills First, the Government’s new approach to training and TAFE, will do.

On top of the $5.9 million, SuniTAFE will also receive more than $500,000 for new state-of-the-art teaching equipment thanks to the Labor Government’s Specialised Teaching Equipment Initiative.

The fund ensures our TAFEs can offer students training on the latest equipment being used by industry today.

The money will be used to buy equipment that supports new techniques in engineering design, as well as funds for a new tractor on its farm.

In our two years of putting people first the institute’s received $6.9 million from the TAFE Rescue Fund, $1.8 million from the TAFE Back to Work Fund and $1 million to set up its Skills and Jobs Centre in the Mildura CBD.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney

“We’re putting the people of the Mallee first by making sure their local TAFE has the resources needed to offer first class training now and into the future.”

“It’s so important that apprentices and trainees have access to the equipment industry is using now – we’re making sure that happens through our Specialised Teaching Equipment Initiative.”

Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Steve Herbert

“SuniTAFE has done a fantastic job of working with the local community – making sure the needs of industry are met. This extra funding will make sure they can continue to do that into the future.”

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